Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company
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3.88/5 rDev -11.4%
Originally reviewed on September 14, 2006. 22 oz Bottle. Lucious sweet liquor of hops, licking my nose with Centennial piney resins. Full of swaying fresh grasses and grapefruit trees. Pour of an amber tinged pure gold, crowned with a rocky froth of off-white. Flavor is a delicious lightly creamy malt body, heavy with droopy eyelids of fresh white pine needles and a bough of aspen leaves. Dryly smacking of grass resin and freshly squeezed Valencia oranges. A drop of lemon juice and vodka sneak in. Mmmm hops. An well built IPA with great balance and body. I love the long draw of hoppy apple peels.
12-13-2006 01:10:43 | More by CharlesDarwin
4.83/5 rDev +10.3%
Translucent golden-amber color with a nice bubbly and frothy eggshell colored head with very nice retention and lacing.
Nice floral noted immediately as the bottle is cracked. With my nose is the glass there is an abundance of very nice citrus, floral and sweet pine notes.
Flavor is excellent as well with nice balance. Hop forward with very nice floral and citrus hop notes. Then there is a slight yet nice transition into it's nicely balanced malt character and then back to a sweet pineapple-like citrus aftertaste.
Light bodied, crisp and very fresh mouthfeel with high carbonation.
This is an exceptional DIPA. Very well balanced and very nice character. Another DIPA that's far better than PtE. High drinkability as well.
09-07-2011 00:06:42 | More by MrVonzipper
4.75/5 rDev +8.4%
Enjoyed this earlier with a good BA buddy, CooperEllis. Review's from notes while I wait for the woman to arrive before we head to this show... (which was epic, and now I'm finishing the review).
The appearance is a little murky but otherwise a very nice light amber with lovely head and solid lacing. It smells citrusy, sweet, and also features caramel malts. The taste is the same, and isn't totally hopped out. Pleasantly balanced and totally complete without a single element popping out at you.
Decent carbonation sits in the medium body and keeps this beer straight while you drink it. And as well composed as it is, I'd be in serious danger if this were available off the shelves. Totally perfect balance for me. Hands down. I'd keep it flowing like water.
Too bad I had to split a bomber.
01-01-2011 16:58:28 | More by afksports
4.68/5 rDev +6.8%
This is damn good. Fellow BA Xlperro gave us a bottle this past friday, and really, it wasn't like I wanted this one to sit around. I shared the bomber with David of course, and we each got plenty of good beer. Color when poured was tangerine, very slight haze. Since I controlled the pour, we each got a lovely 1/2 inch of thick chewy foam. I am about 2/3's done, and still am rewarded with faint lace throughout the glass. There's a lot going on with the aroma...initial whiffs reveal some grassy hops, also some woody ones. A deeper whiff reveals frankly what one gets when they stick their nose in a bag of fresh hops...very nice. Tastewise, one is rewarded with solid medium mouthfeel, low carbonation, and hops upon hops. The hops have a bit of bitterness in the finish, but I find the beer pretty balanced (there's malt in there somewhere). I have to give this beer high marks for drinkability, because not only would I like another, I can't tell this beer is 8% at all...thanks!
11-11-2004 02:53:49 | More by PatandDavid
4.85/5 rDev +10.7%
On tap at O'Brien's. Served in a pint glass filled to the brim with no head. Poured a very nice looking clear orange, lots of carbonation see throughout. The smell was very citrusy, as was the taste, with a great hop bouquet but not much bitterness came through. The sweet malt (very evident but not overwhelming) was really able to overshadow a lot of hoppy bitterness, which actually made the mouthfeel almost syrupy. On the verge of syrupy, but just below that. Somewhat viscous but overall lighter than a lot of the DIPA's now days, which doesn't make it so hard to get down. A very flavorful DIPA that doesn't kill you or feel like maple syrup in your mouth.
Grolwer filled one 3/1/08, consumed on 3/18/08.
Tasted super fresh. My electrical taping of the screw top worked amazingly. This beer oozes with resiny hops... pine, some citrus, just super fresh tasting and smelling. This is an IPA that contains quite a bit of bitterness in it, but that's great to me. Just a super IPA, the freshest I've had. Can't believe how well it held up in the growler over a 2 1/2 week period.
I'm bumping the smell and taste up from a 4.5 each to a 5 each. I love this beer.
12-30-2007 05:30:53 | More by MiScusi
4.1/5 rDev -6.4%
thanks again, urbancaver
A - light amber body, a bit cloudy, medium white head, leaves som nice lacing
S - very crisp, lots of grapefruit, some floral notes.
T - not quite what I hoped for from the nose, but a good hop profile from the nose, not as much grapefruit as I'd hope for. a somewhat creamy body.
M - nice and creamy, a medium body, perhaps more appropriate for a single IPA, a bit drying.
D - easy to drink, quite enjoyable.
01-10-2011 01:47:44 | More by ColdPoncho
4.28/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured into a standard pint.
Dark golden amber in color. One finger white head. Sick lacing caked to the side of the glass.
Smells of sweet honey malts with tropical fruits (pineapple), and bubble gum. Malts are really foreword on this one in the nose
Taste is of pineapple, bubble gum, spicy pepper, and bitter resin. Nice honey malt backbone that can stand up to the hop onslaught.
Full bodied with medium carbonation. A hop bit on the end. What one would expect from a good DIPA.
Quite drinkable. A very solid offering
06-26-2010 04:54:45 | More by billshmeinke
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